Fact check: was Aurangzeb a “secular” ruler as his sympathisers claim he was?

There seems to be a systematic effort to whitewash the crimes and barbarism of the brutal Mughal rules of India and glorifying them as the patron saint of secularism. Earlier this year, Huffpost carried an article which claimed Aurangzeb was actually a victim of character assassination by Right wingers on social media.

Huffpost got mocked for the ridiculous sounding claim which cited Audrey Truschke, who regularly indulges in glamorising Aurangzeb.

While Truschke maintains that Aurangzeb wasn’t secular, she has regularly tried to soften his hatred for Hinduism by showing how he dismissed all religious celebrations and traditions equally. Recently, following the Supreme Court’s order on banning sale of firecrackers for Diwali in Delhi NCR till 1st November, lot of people shared an order allegedly passed by the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb in 1667 banning fireworks in Diwali.

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Aurangzeb Defence League captain Audrey Truschke immediately got into action to show how people are being unnecessarily harsh on the paragon of peace and equal hater of all things religion.

She was again called out on her whitewashing of Aurangzeb’s Hindu-hate.

Aurangzeb was a Sunni Muslim and while Muharram is observed by Shias and Sunnis, it is observed to far lesser extent in Sunnis.

“Read my book” is also how abusive troll masquerading as journalist, Swati Chaturvedi, tries to sell her biopic book I am a Troll.

How can one cite a reference to their own book which has no other reference as proof to claims that Aurangzeb clamped down even on Eid celebrations? Especially when Aurangzeb celebration Eid with a lot of plomp and glory?

What he did ban, was images/idols of animals and birds as they were unlawful.

While the brutality of Mughals is not justified for Muslim hate, pulling the veil over the ruthless reign is not acceptable.


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